For the last few years,I’ve noticed that the mainstream has been sadly ignoring Halloween season horror films,a heavily disturbing trend which started out when the theatrical release of the Chloe Grace Moritz/Julianne Moore starring remake of CARRIE was the Only horror film playing theaters in October(with both Moritz and Moore having moved away from horror films[and onto more commercial dramatic fare]). Sure,there has been two to three horror films released in October since but yet as enormous successful as the horror genre has been in the last 15 to 20 years the mainstream has still kept its back turned away from it.
Sure,that the Internet horror community has been strongly faithful to the horror genre via many horror film viewings in October that has been common for the last five years which has kept the genre healthfully alive and well. But I have widely noticed that in this month alone that while we have the likes of more horror films such as CRIMSON PEAK,THE LAST WITCH HUNTER,THE GREEN INFERNO,GOODNIGHT MOMMY,GOOSEBUMPS,HOTEL TRANSLYVANIA 2,and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY:THE GHOST DIMENSION playing theaters since the release of the CARRIE redux. And yet I’ve also noticed that the mainstream has been turning its nose upon ignoring this factor and fully concentrating instead on people watching repeatedly marathon viewings of the likes of the BACK TO THE FUTURE films and the FAST AND THE FURIOUS films,with the FURIOUS 7 trailer getting far more download hits than the third and final STAR WARS:EPISODE 7;THE FORCE AWAKENS trailer: Yiiiikkkkkeeeeeesssss !!!!
Whatever happened to the days when the horror genre was in full bloom during the years when the very first HALLOWEEN and DAWN OF THE DEAD films played theaters and widely opened the doorway for horror cinema to come and conquer all that was in the mainstream,even at a time when the momentum(and the super popularity) of the first STAR WARS films was running wild. Have the films really gotten either that severely brutal and heinous in their on-screen violence or has the quality of the modern films gone down in recent years ? Np matter what the status is,the horror genre is still wildly beloved and as popular as ever,for with al of the bad that I’ve ever said about the likes of SCREAM and IT FOLLOWS they were at least popular enough to guarantee a fully warranted life on the genre for many oncoming years,even if the latter two films’ distribution/producing company Miramax/Dimension/Radius/Weinstein Brothers have currently stalled on filming the new HALLOWEEN sequel HALLOWEEN RETURNS as much as the producers of the recently planned FRIDAY THe 13TH. sequel have bailed out on leaving that film project in a similar pre-production hell. As negative as it sounds,the positive here is that those two films will still be made,even if different companies buy off the film series’ rights just to get them produced and made for the rabid fanbases that widely demand them.
Yes: the horror genre is still alive and well,thanks to everyone on-line(and in the on-line horror fandom community) that proudly supports it to the fullest,otherwise we’d be badly drowning in the depths of the 90s’ Godawful Sundance whiny and boring indie dramas(which is imdeed a fate that’s much worse than death).
Halloween Is Next Week,And I Still Don’t Know What I’m Doing,Nor Wearing(Costume-Wise)